FORTY FORT, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Some merchandise being sold by a top state elected official is turning heads. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman shard a sneak-peak into t-shirts with wording that’s striking a nerve.
After the Lt. Governor announced he’s considering running for the U.S. Senate, he decided to create some new merchandise for his possible new campaign. It highlights how rare he believes election fraud is here in Pennsylvania.
“My Dude In Forty Fort.”
The new phrase on Fetterman’s T-shirts references a man from Forty Fort arrested back in October after police say he tried to get an absentee ballot for his dead mother.
“After I announced I’m looking at the U.S. Senate Race, everybody said they wanted some merchandise. One of the things that really immerged during this crazy season or last couple months is voter fraud. There happened to be a casein Forty Fort. It just was about having some fun, but also acknowledging the serious undertones of how rare voter fraud really is,” said Fetterman.
Fetterman says the phrase became an internet meme and he wanted to have some fun with it. Some are excited to buy the Lt. Governor’s new merchandise, but others are taking offense to the statement.
“I’m not sure why anyone would think it’s rude. It’s just indicating how that was one of the early examples of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. The fact there was only three cases and it happened to be a town called Forty Fort,” said Fetterman.
The second shirt revealed in a sneak peak on his Twitter @’s Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick saying “where’s our money?” This is referring to back in November when Patrick said he would pay up to $1 million as a reward if anyone could prove a case of voter fraud. Fetterman responded by Tweeting “I’d like to collect your handsome reward for reporting voter fraud. I got a dude in Forty Fort, PA who tried to have his dead mom vote for Trump.”
“I’d like to think Forty Fort could be known for something a little more positive than election fraud because Forty Fort is a great little town to live in,” said Dotty Martin, 40-year Forty Fort resident.
His Tweet took off, racking up comments like “100% buying the Forty Fort t-shirt when available. Hashtag I can see Forty Fort from my house” and “As someone who lives in Forty Fort, I need this.”
The borough’s mayor did not wish to comment.
Fetterman has not officially announced he is running for U.S. Senate, but started this initiative to raise money for his possible campaign.